(NASDAQ:MSFT) Short Interest Up 19.6% in February

Doris Richards
March 17, 2018

Signature And Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 1,621 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. The institutional investor held 494,045 shares of the semiconductors company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $18.55 million, down from 522,228 at the end of the previous reported quarter. (MSFT) traded down $0.13 during trading on Friday, reaching $94.05. It is down 34.52% since March 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 34.70% the S&P500.

Sit Investment Associates Inc decreased its stake in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) by 15.36% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Huntington Steele Llc sold 4,493 shares as the company's stock rose 4.75% with the market. The Scholtz & Company Llc holds 72,795 shares with $5.42 million value, up from 62,655 last quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 26,474,151 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $2,264,601,000 after acquiring an additional 9,092,634 shares during the period. The stock decreased 0.04% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $174.52. About 23.09 million shares traded. CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) has risen 97.18% since March 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500.

Analysts await Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) to report earnings on April, 25. They expect $3.01 EPS, up 11.07% or $0.30 from last year's $2.71 per share. MSFT's profit will be $6.54 billion for 27.91 P/E if the $0.85 EPS becomes a reality. The software giant reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.09.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.44 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.19, from 0.75 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 39 investors sold Petards Group plc shares while 210 reduced holdings. 81 funds opened positions while 241 raised stakes. Quebec - Canada-based Hexavest has invested 0.33% in Petards Group plc (LON:PEG).

Shares of Microsoft Co. Ameriprise Fincl reported 0% of its portfolio in Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL). Vanguard reported 22.69M shares. Brown Brothers Harriman Co reported 0% in Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL). First Amer Savings Bank accumulated 212,176 shares. Glob X Mgmt Limited Liability Corp holds 12,073 shares. Etrade Cap Mngmt Ltd, a New York-based fund reported 218,203 shares. Brown Brothers Harriman And Co invested in 7.77M shares or 3.08% of the stock.

Shares of Microsoft Co. Clinton Gru accumulated 15,705 shares. Moreover, Commonwealth Equity Svcs has 0% invested in Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL).

Foster Dykema Cabot & Co Inc, which manages about $1.07 billion and $570.32M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Core Msci Eafe Etf (IEFA) by 5,463 shares to 601,281 shares, valued at $38.58 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Monsanto Co (NYSE:MON) by 5,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 45,000 shares, and has risen its stake in Parkway Inc. Korde Kishore sold 2,000 shares worth $98,320. SEERY DAVID M also sold $29,412 worth of Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) on Thursday, March 1. Therefore 46% are positive. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing had 16 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Monday, September 18 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, November 2 with "Buy". As per Friday, December 2, the company rating was downgraded by JP Morgan. On Thursday, January 21 the stock rating was maintained by Argus Research with "Buy". Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, November 27 report. The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $99.41.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $930,912 activity.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.77 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 40 investors sold MSFT shares while 952 reduced holdings. Institutional ownership refers to the ownership stake in a company that is held by large financial organizations, pension funds or endowments. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,677 shares of the software giant's stock valued at $185,000 after buying an additional 30 shares in the last quarter. Saturna owns 496,555 shares for 1.79% of their portfolio. 800 shares were bought by Breunig Joseph C., worth $55,488 on Wednesday, February 7.

Among 37 analysts covering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), 29 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 6 Hold. Riverbridge Prtnrs Limited Liability holds 1.34% or 914,586 shares. The fund owned 53,007 shares of the software giant's stock after selling 699 shares during the quarter. South Dakota Council reported 611,709 shares. Pioneer Trust National Bank & Trust N A Or has 0.26% invested in CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX). Envestnet Asset Mgmt holds 0% in SINA Corporation (NASDAQ:SINA) or 9,121 shares. 203,644 were accumulated by Jupiter Asset Mngmt Limited. Colony Gp Llc holds 2.06% or 404,466 shares. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and thirty-one have given a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 64% are positive. PepsiCo had 67 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Thursday, January 25 report. The rating was maintained by Susquehanna on Tuesday, March 13 with "Hold". As per Thursday, January 4, the company rating was maintained by Wells Fargo. BMO Capital Markets initiated Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rating on Friday, January 8. The stock of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) earned "Buy" rating by UBS on Friday, December 8. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of MSFT in report on Friday, July 21 with "Buy" rating. The Minnesota-based Thrivent Finance For Lutherans has invested 1.68% in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Bank of America has "Buy" rating and $63.0 target. The company was maintained on Wednesday, February 14 by Tigress Financial. As of February 15th, there was short interest totalling 59,257,860 shares, an increase of 19.6% from the January 31st total of 49,564,890 shares.

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